• Most people have UPHILL HOPES and DOWN HILL HABITS.
(John 4:10 NLT) Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
√ HOPE for the FUTURE.
(Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
√ REPENTANCE from the PAST.
(Philippians 3:13 NLT) …. I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,- -> A story that if you have been in recovery you might have heard – – – – talking about the 5 chapters of this persons life
√ Formation of UPHILL HABITS.
(Romans 12:2 MSG) … fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
• Focus on what I do FIRST.
- Put GOD FIRST.
(Exodus 20:1-3 NIV) And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.
2. Give God the FIRST OF EVERYTHING.
(Leviticus 27:30 NIV) ” ‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
(Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) . . . the purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God in first place in your life.
3. Expect god to BLESS THE REST.
(Proverbs 3:6-10 NLT) Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. . . . Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.